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Bought this Record 52 1/2P vice quite a few years ago for $30 used and it sat around in my garage and in my basement ever since - collecting rust.
For the record (pun intended) the "P" signifies a "plain" screw, that is, no quick release. The jaws are 9" wide with a depth of 13". Oh, it weighs a ton.

Anyway, I've done electrolysis rust removal before on some smaller items, a couple of old Stanley planes and irons, but never on something this big.
I won't go into the details of the process setup as I'm sure you've all heard of it or tried it. The vice was frozen and nothing moved on it so I started off by spraying some 3 in 1 on the threads and let that soak for a while, then slowly turning the handle a bit at a time until it finally started to move. Eventually I got the vice apart into it's various parts.

I left the vice in a large rubbermaid tub filled with water and some washing soda, connected to an old battery charger and let it sit "cooking" for about 30 hours. Finally removed the vice from the solution, washed it down with some warm water and detergent, dried it off and sprayed some more 3 in 1 for temporary lube and to prevent further rusting. Now I've got to build another work bench around this. I've currently got a cheap 7" vice in my smallish workbench that I've been using for a while, but this Record is going to require something more substantial. Did I say it was heavy???

Here are some before and after pics:
 

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You shouldn't try to overdue it! That think is way too heavy. A guy in your position...you know I'm available to help you out. Just let me know what the shipping is & I'll handle the rest!

Great job on the restore by the way!
Thanks - I think this weights 35- 40 pounds. Shipping charges would be pretty high, so don't expect it any time soon:wink:
 

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Wow, Vince, that looked like a boat anchor in the first picture. Hard to believe it is the same vice. Good job,it looks heavy too look at the size of that handle hub. You can do some serious clamping with that. Look forward to seeing the new workbench.

Herb
 

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I'm the guy my friends come to for advice on this sort of thing . . . and I didn't know about rust removal by electrolysis. Thanks for the education, and GREAT JOB!
 
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that is an awesome restoring job on an awesome Record vice.
I too acquired an old Record vice the 52D quick release, however I was lucky in the fact it was in my 89yr old aunt's basement in a box brand new. I'm guessing it was my uncles and never had a chance to use it as he passed away in the late 90's only thing missing was the dog, so I made one from hard maple.



 

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@Capecarver

Steve: Arm and Hammer Washing Soda - it's a laundry detergent.

I'm sure you can find all kinds of instructions on the internet for the process, but basically, I use about 1 or 2 tablespoons per gallon of water and make sure the piece I'm working on is totally submerged.

Place the piece you want to de-rust in the water, place a scrap piece of metal in the water as well. Connect a battery charger in this fashion: Negative to the piece you're working on and positive to the scrap metal. I attached some copper wire to the vise and the positive lead to the copper. Turn on the charger and let it stew. The washing soda acts as a conductor in the water. Then the rust flows from the work piece to the scrap piece. Don't let the two pieces touch each other. You can do more than one piece at a time as long as all the pieces are connect to the charger. I've done various parts of a hand plane at the same time.

My method of remembering which lead goes where is simple: Negative to Nice (work piece) and Positive to Piece of sh**e (scrap metal)- look up the process on the net for all the warnings, etc., etc.
 

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John - I get the humour (that's the Canadian spelling) but, from the English Oxford Dictionary:

vice3
(US vise)
noun

A metal tool with movable jaws which are used to hold an object firmly in place while work is done on it, typically attached to a workbench.
 
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